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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Gŵyl Awst Hapus / Happy Lammas

Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh or in Welsh, Gŵyl Awst*, is a festival that hasn't been adopted into our modern calendar, though we do have the August bank holiday at the end of the month. It's the first of three harvest festivals, traditionally the wheat harvest.

I don't have wheat or any other grain, but I do have that modern import from the new world, potatoes, and I started harvesting them a few days ago. They're a bit small, really, but I have maincrop potatoes for growing big. I will eat these as they are, and all the better for it.

Today's harvest


* Literally, August festival


  1. It feels very natural to celebrate harvest...I remember the harvest festival at school, bringing in cans and the big wheatsheaf, it was the best time of year! Sadly no grain at ours either, but we are surrounded by fields full of it, so vicariously harvesting it instead.

    1. I agree. I like the old festivals that are connected with the sun and things actually growing. They feel more real than the ones that mark religious stories.

  2. I just had some tiny spuds because a badger had uprooted the plant, if I'd deepfried them they would have been microchips : )

    1. Badum-tish!

      Bad luck about the badger - I hope the rest of your spuds are left to grow bigger.


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